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Helmut Schmidt, Published February 22 2013

Former Richland 44 principal Hackey dies

COLFAX, N.D. – The funeral service for former Richland 44 High School Principal Bruce W. Hackey will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the school.

Hackey, who was known as a tough but fair principal, died Tuesday at age 64 in Watford City.

“I thought he was a very good principal,” said Bruce Anderson, a former colleague and the current Richland 44 High School principal.

“It’s hard. It was a shock, just because of his age,” Anderson said. “It kind of catches you off guard to have someone that young pass. It’s been hard on our community.”

Anderson said Hackey also coached and was “instrumental in keeping our football program going.”

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Richland Lutheran Church, Walcott, and one hour before the service at the school.

Hackey was born Jan. 6, 1949, in Fargo, to Maurice and Norma (Rustvang) Hackey.

He grew up near Walcott, where he attended grade school and North Central High School in Colfax.

He attended North Dakota State University, earning a history degree in 1971. He later earned a master’s degree from NDSU.

He worked for more than 30 years in education at Richland junior and senior high school. He taught U.S. history, social studies and coached. He was also athletic director and later principal, a post he held until 2004.

He married Cheryl King on Dec. 27, 1973, at Walcott Lutheran Church.

Hacky had farmed until 1984 and served as a Richland Township Board supervisor.

After retiring from his education career, he became an insurance adjuster for Nodak Mutual and Rain and Hail.

He had worked at KLJ, Fargo, in the Right-of-Way group since February 2012.

Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton is in charge of arrangements.


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